Harbor renovation at NMC's Great Lakes Campus to begin

TRAVERSE CITY — Work is set to begin on a complete rebuild of the harbor at Northwestern Michigan College’s Great Lakes Campus on West Grand Traverse Bay, home to NMC’s Great Lakes Maritime Academy and NMC's Great Lakes Water Studies Institute.

The US Army Corps of Engineers has announced that work on the project will begin October 7, and includes the creation of a new 250 foot by 22 foot wide break wall and the dredging and removal of approximately 30,000 cubic yards of sand.

The Army Corps awarded a contract for the construction and dredging project to Great Lakes Dock and Materials, LLC, of Muskegon, Mich. at $1.4 million. Of the total project cost, the Corps will pay for $2 million of the $2.6 million budgeted total with NMC to fund the remainder. The project currently projects to come in under budget.

The majority of the construction will take place from a barge located in the harbor. Dredging will be the first activity, followed by removal of the existing debris and then construction of the new east arm of the harbor. This course of action is designed to minimize the impact on the site. The contractor has coordinated harbor use and activity with NMC’s maritime and water studies programs.

To construct the pier, the contractor will place about 1,100 tons of scour stone between double-walled steel sheet pile, to be topped with a 15-inch reinforced concrete cap. Ten mooring cleats will be attached to the pier to accommodate training and research vessels. The project is expected to be completed by December 23, 2013. Planning for this project included opportunities for public comment at open meetings.

Release date: September 24, 2013

For more information:
Ed Bailey, Director of Technical Academic Area
(231) 995-1215

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